Allwinner and Qualcomm both make ARM-based processors that are used in devices like Android tablets. But while the US-based Qualcomm’s chips are very popular in the US and Europe, Allwinner’s chips are popular in China (where they compete with models from Rockchip and MediaTek).
So while you’d think Allwinner and Qualcomm would be competing for market share, the two companies actually announced a partnership last year: Allwinner would help Qualcomm gain traction in China, and the deal would give Allwinner something to offer tablet makers that wanted to use chips with integrated support for 4G LTE.
Now the two companies are expanding that partnership: Allwinner says it will introduce three new reference designs for tablets with Qualcomm chips.
The new designs are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425, 430, and 435 chips for entry-level and mid-range devices. Each of the processors supports 4G LTE and support for devices with 1080p displays.
Allwinner won’t be making the tablets itself, but the company’s says its reference designs are used by Chinese device makers including Cube and Emdoor.
The new tablet designs join those Allwinner already offers, including designs based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210, 212, and 410 processors.